Learn Classical Oil & Drawing
Explore Contemporary Mixed Media
Gain Mastery of Your Style
Identify Your Personal Aesthetic
Discover Your Artistic Themes
Master Your Artistic Process & Style
Build a Cohesive Portfolio of Art
Develop Personal Branding and Marketing
Learn How to Promote and Sell Your Art
Gather the tools and supplies you'll need throughout this program and your career! Get your supply list here.
During orientation, we teach you how to setup and organize your studio so that you can go from student to professional.
You can even buy a pre-made kit that is designed for the program.
You'll receive in-depth orientation videos on how to setup your studio, watch the lessons, and complete assignments.
Each week, you'll have 1-3 hours of new lessons available to watch and work through.
Using those lessons, you should aim to paint around 20 hours per week.
Our mentoring option gives you a professional artist mentor who has taken the program. You'll have regular zoom meetings with them and can message them anytime!
Every tuition plan allows you to purchase spots in group coaching calls, so you can get the help you need as you need it.
24 Easy Monthly Payments*
Receive bi-weekly lessons and complete the program in 2 years!
12 Easy Monthly Payments*
Receive weekly lessons and complete the program in 1 year!
Pay in Full*
You receive a discount and access to the entire program right away.
Not only is there a 30 day money back guarantee if you're not satisfied, but this program also gives you lifetime access to the content. That means that as we update the lessons, you can revisit them to learn new material.
Part 1 of the Mastery Program is designed to help you master realism to ensure that you have a variety of techniques at your disposal for self expression in Part 2. In order to have complete freedom for experimentation and to find your voice, you must first develop your skills in drawing and oil painting.
Week 1 - Contour Drawing & Subtractive Glaze Painting
Week 2 - Value, Scale & Indirect Painting
Week 3 - Proportion, Planes & 8 Brush Stroke Portrait
Week 4 - Still Life Drawing in Graphite & Alla Prima Still Life
Week 5 - Break
Week 6 - Gesture Drawing & Fat Over Lean
Week 7 - Perspective & Subtractive City - Learn the Secrets of the Renaissance
Week 8 - Portrait Proportions & Alla Prima Life Painting
Week 9 - Small Scale Realism - Learn to See like an Artist
Week 10 - Break
Week 11 - Mark Making & Directional Marks - Experience the Freedom of Expression
Week 12 - Foreshortening & Alla Prima from Source
Week 13 - Self Portrait - Learn the Psychology of Seeing Your True Self
Week 14 - Expressive Drawing & Summary Final Assignment
Week 15 - Break
Week 16 - Break
Part 2 is the most exciting time of the course! You will find your voice, develop your personal aesthetic and have fun experimenting with a wide variety of mixed media techniques that are exclusively taught in this program. Discovering your voice is essential for creating a portfolio of sellable artwork and branding, marketing, and promoting yourself.
Week 17 - Acrylic Painting & Art History - Discover Your Place Among the Greats
Week 18 - Ink & Identifying Your Personal Aesthetic
Week 19 - Mark Making & Archetypes - Create Themes and Motifs in Your Work
Week 20 - Spray Paint & Your Process - Learn the Process Authentic to You
Week 21 - Collage & How to Synthesize - Learn the 4 Phases of the Creative Cycle
Week 22 - Break
Week 23 - Break
Week 24 - Painting an Abstract & Critique - Discover Dimensions Previously Unknown
Week 25 - Rollers & Source Material
Week 26 - Gold Leaf & Choosing a Source
Week 27 - Elli's Mixed Media Process & Creating Sources
Week 28 - Dimitra's Mixed Media Process & Integrating Source Material into Your Voice
Week 29 - Break
Week 30 - Break
Part 3 is where you see all of your hard work pay off. Now that you’ve found your own unique style and process for painting, you will learn how to develop your social media, create a website, establish professional habits, brand yourself, build marketing collateral, develop products (prints, clothing, collaborations with big brands, etc.), create a business strategy and promote your brand.
Week 31 - Studio Habits & How to Build a Portfolio
Week 32 - Artist Habits - How to be Productive in Your Workspace
Week 33 - Setting Goals & Assessing Your Portfolio - How to Build a Business Strategy
Week 34 - Emotional Intelligence & Final Touches - Become More Self-Aware and Succeed
Week 35 - Motivation & Prepare for Your Production Period - Become a Prolific Painter
Week 36 - Break
Week 37-42 - Independent Production & Developing Your Portfolio
Week 43 - Break
Part 4 of the Mastery Program is stuffed with modern marketing techniques, while simultaneously teaching how to apply them to your career as a professional artist. Learn the ins and outs of social media marketing, how to grow the audience you want, and so much more. Get ready to launch!
Week 44 - Start Selling Your Art
Week 45 - Getting Your Product Ready
Week 46 - Building Your Brand
Week 47 - Creating Marketing Collateral
Week 48 - Creating Your Website
Week 49 - Social Media Marketing
Week 50 - Promoting Your Product
Week 51 - Sales and Promotion
Week 52 - Launching Your Career.
BEGIN YOUR CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL ARTIST
How will a mentor help you? We have trained and highly-qualified professional artist mentors who can work with any personality and skill level. They are dedicated to encouraging you, answering your questions, and throughout the program providing critique to help you elevate your art.
Not sure you need a dedicated mentor? You will have the opportunity to participate in group zoom calls whether you have a mentor or not. These calls will be focused on different topics so you may choose the call that fits your needs. This will allow you to not only receive advice and critique from a mentor, but you’ll also be able to connect with other students from around the world who are going through the program.
*Additional charges apply to mentors and group zoom calls.
(24 payments total)
(12 payments total)
*Mentors and group zoom calls are available after you have enrolled in the Mastery Program. (Additional charges will apply.)
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Elli is the founding owner of Milan Art Institute. For the past 25 years, she has sold her artwork professionally and has sold over 10,000 pieces throughout her career. She has also transformed the lives of thousands of artists from all over the world by helping them find their voice and turn their passion for art into a profession. With her online drawing and painting classes, Elli is a leading voice of the current Art Renaissance.
Dimitra generated over a million dollars of artwork sales by the age of 15. Her success is a result of learning at Milan Art Institute and her paintings are collected world-wide. Dimitra is pioneering a new age of artist influencers on social media, spreading beauty across the entire planet. She is co-owner at Milan Art Institute and passionate about equipping artists to change the world with their art.
In 12 months, you will learn how to draw and oil paint with classical mastery, how to draw in proportion, and how to paint representationally using many old Masters’ techniques. You will also learn mixed media painting in acrylics, building textures, using spray paint and inks, and more. Elli and her daughter, Dimitra, will teach you valuable studio habits to keep your workspace functional and professional. In addition, they will help you identify your voice and style in art and how it fits perfectly with your temperament. They will also share from their personal experience what really drives artists to stay motivated. Toward the end of the program, you’ll learn how to use modern marketing tools to promote your art online, how to contact galleries, how to close a sale, how to work with art reps, how to brand yourself, and self represent. Above all, you will learn how to make a living as an artist. This program will transform you into the artist you’ve always dreamed of becoming.
This program is 12 months long. Every week you will get 1-3 hours of step-by-step video content. We recommend that you spend at least 20 hours each week painting. The online oil painting lessons, drawing lessons, acrylic lessons, mixed media lessons, and more are designed to train you how to paint as a full-time artist — at least 40 hours per week by the end of the year. From our experience, the only way to become a successful artist is if you devote yourself fully to your art career.
Providing world-class art education available anywhere in the world
Teaching students world-wide to step into their true potential (over 12,000 to date)
Empowering artists with over 50 years of combined experience as professionals
Combining the essential and classical knowledge of the old masters with contemporary techniques to provide cutting-edge art instruction
Milan Art Institute is a place where passionate hearts and creative minds come together to bring visions to life. The founders, John and Elli Milan have been successful artists for over 25 years each and have made a living during that entire period solely through art. Their daughter, Dimitra Milan, became a professional artist and at the age of fifteen, had generated over a million dollars through the sales of her own artwork. The Milans’ works have been featured in galleries worldwide. And now, they are sharing their insights about the art industry with everyone. They have rallied a dedicated and incredibly talented group of individuals to fulfill the dream of inspiring artists all over the world. The Milan Art Institute team is completely devoted and fully committed to helping artists live out their true purpose.
Milan Art Institute has turned a passion into a profession for thousands of students. Both beginners and professionals come to master skills, learn new techniques, and join an ever-expanding community of artists. Milan Art Institute is here to enlighten and educate a worldwide audience about the transformational power of the visual arts.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS? Get answers with our comprehensive FAQ
Immediately following registration, you will receive a welcome email with important information, including the following: a video lesson explaining the art supplies you’ll need for the program, a video lesson explaining how to prepare your studio, a syllabus for the entire year, and a written list of all the art supplies you’ll need.
14 days before lessons start, you will receive access to more orientation videos and the option to invest in an artist mentor. Follow the instructions on the videos and enjoy the process. If you invested in a mentor, they will also contact you before lessons begin. Mark it on your calendar, as it’s the start of the rest of your life as an artist.
You will need drawing, oil painting, and mixed media supplies to learn and start your new career. You can supply lists for each part of the program here.
This list shares both the required and optional supplies you’ll need for the program. The minimum cost for the whole year will be around $75 for drawing supplies, $400 for oil supplies, and $300 for mixed media supplies. You can also buy supplies as you need them throughout the program.
You will need drawing and oil supplies for the first 4 months of the program. Mixed media supplies will be needed after that and for the remainder of the year. These supplies will last you throughout the whole program and into the start of your career.
We offer a money-back guarantee within 30 days upon receiving the orientation videos. You may cancel your subscription at any time.
If after you’ve signed up you’re not able to get a mentor, you will still have the opportunity to individually purchase spots on our monthly group zoom calls. During these calls, you can get advice and critiques on your art from one of our mentoring team members and other artists that are on the call with you. Each group call is shared with other Mastery Program students.
Also, you may be put on our waiting list for a mentor and as soon as one is available you can purchase the mentoring option. The wait is usually only 30-60 days.
If you stop paying, you will lose access to the program. If you later decide to continue the program, you should contact customer service at [email protected] to start paying again and pick up where you left off. You can reactivate from where you left off only one time. However, we recommend you complete the entire program in a 12-month period to achieve the best results. (Or within 24 months if you opted for that payment plan.)
We only require hard work, commitment, and passion.
We do not require any previous experience or skill. We also do not require a portfolio submission. We know that we can take you from a beginner level to creating a sellable portfolio of your own, creating your brand, and launching your art career within one year.
The Mastery Program is designed to take one year (52 weeks of content and 2 weeks for orientation in the beginning). Orientation begins 2 weeks before lessons begin allowing you time to buy art supplies and prepare your workspace. When the program begins, lessons will be sent to you based on the payment plan you chose.
Paid in Full — You’ll have access to the whole program right away.
12-month Plan — You will receive 1-3 hours of art lessons each week.
24-month Plan — You will receive 1-3 hours of art lessons every 2 weeks.
We recommend that you set aside 20 hours each week dedicated to learning and painting. Each week there will be 1-3 hours of video content to review and 15-20 hours of assignments and exercises. There are periodic breaks strategically built into the program to help you keep on target with your work.
From our experience, this is what it takes to become a professional artist.
We understand that sometimes circumstances can prevent you from consistently painting 20 hours a week. This is why we offer lifetime access to the content for FREE. It allows you to truly learn at your own pace. However, a successful art career will only happen with hard work.
Once you have launched your business, you will need to paint 40 hours per week on a regular basis. It’s a full-time commitment. The program requires 20 hours while you are learning and working toward starting your business.
There are no designated class times. This program is designed for the convenience of your schedule during the day. However, if you have purchased a group zoom call, you will need to meet at the time specified for that call.
Although this program is created for you to follow at your own pace, we recommend that you not skip ahead of the lessons. Each week you will receive 1-3 hours of new content and these are meant to be learned in order.
A personal mentor is an amazing resource of support and guidance throughout the program. While your family members may be supportive and encouraging about your artwork, you need constructive criticism to evolve as an artist—to be pushed beyond your current boundaries. Our mentors have years of experience as professional artists and know how to guide you towards success.
You have the option to request a specific mentor if they still have available spots. However, we will typically assign a mentor to you based on your needs. All mentors on the team are professional artists who currently sell their work and have all completed the Mastery Program. They are all very dedicated and experienced. Our mentors have been hand-picked by Elli and Dimitra Milan.
Both Dimitra and Elli have 5 spots each available for mentoring. These spots are for artists who are fiercely dedicated to elevating their art to the highest level possible during the Mastery Program. Anyone wanting either Elli or Dimitra as a mentor will need to complete an application to ensure they meet the criteria needed to work with our two leading Mastery Program instructors.
(These spots are limited to the Paid in Full and 12-month Plan payment options only.)
The program offers lifetime access to all students once they have paid for the program in full (regardless of which payment option they’ve chosen).
We do not offer only marketing or any other part by itself. We designed the entire program to give every artist exactly what they need to become a professional artist. Our marketing course can only really be understood and implemented if you have gone through our voice section of the program. Our voice section can only be accomplished if you have learned mixed media and have been exposed to a variety of different techniques and you can only learn to truly express yourself with contemporary techniques if you have a foundation in classical training. You will get all of this in our one year program.
If you feel like quitting, you are probably feeling discouraged and should talk with your mentor about your feelings and what exactly is troubling you. Many people feel like quitting as they pursue their dreams, but only the people who persevere and refuse to quit actually attain their dreams.
There are no age requirements or restrictions (if you are under the age of 18, you must have parental consent). However, we recommend that a young student be able to focus and stay dedicated to their decision to be a professional artist. The youngest student we have taught with this program was 13 years old. She is now 18 years old and selling her work professionally. We also taught a student who was 82 years old. She sold her work successfully in a 3-month-long art show after completing the program. Passion for art and commitment to a dream knows no age!
You will need a little bit of table space, some space to store art supplies, and an empty wall to lean your easel against, or floor space for your painting easel. Once you start your art business, you may want to designate more space for your production area.
Yes! We offer a certificate. You will have the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Mastery personally signed by both Elli and Dimitra Milan.
You can apply for your certificate by submitting your completed website which should display a minimum of 25 pieces (including sold pieces) from your portfolio, representing a cohesive body of work in your style. This certificate is a symbol of your high achievement and perseverance throughout the Mastery Program and signifies you are now a professional artist.
You will have the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Mastery personally signed by both Elli and Dimitra Milan. You can apply for your certificate by submitting your completed website which should display a minimum of 25 pieces (including sold pieces).
If you apply all of the knowledge you learn throughout the program and paint consistently 40 hours a week, you can expect a successful career in art and the financial rewards that follow. If you have a passion for what you have experienced in the Mastery Program and have received your Certificate of Mastery, you can apply for a mentoring position by emailing us at [email protected]
Many of the graduates from this program are experiencing great success and selling their work consistently. We have found that all the graduates who continue to paint consistently (40 hours per week) and are dedicated to promoting their branded, sellable work are having success. The students who graduate and have not applied what they have learned towards a career are not experiencing the success that they have the potential for. This program is incredible and will prepare you for a lucrative career, but only if you work hard and follow through.
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